Jan 152015
 

In the past, our porous borders were blamed for the large number of undocumented immigrants in our country. However, due to increased border security and the poor economy, annual apprehensions of people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally have decreased to about 350,000 from more than 1.6 million in 2000. Our border patrol has doubled in size since 2005 and quintupled in size since 1993. Some politicians have suggested doubling again the number of border patrol agents from our current number of 18,500. The cost of this increase is estimated to be about $30 billion over 10 years including salaries, equipment, vehicles and infrastructure improvements. Critics say such an increase is unnecessary considering the recent decrease in unlawful immigration. Currently, we have completed nearly 700 miles of fencing along our northern and southern borders. To secure these borders, the Department of Homeland Security uses unattended ground sensors, truck-mounted and remote video surveillance systems, drones and fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft in an attempt to stem illegal immigration.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.72: Border Security, Cooperation, and Act Now Drug War Prevention Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current border security policy and wish to defeat H.R.72

I support providing up to 500 additional Border Patrol agents and law enforcement personnel to patrol and defend the border, combat drug trafficking, and combat smuggling of firearms, explosives, alcohol, and tobacco if the state’s governor declares an international border security emergency and requests such agents. Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to increase the number of U.S. Border Patrol helicopters and power boats; establish a fleet of motor vehicles appropriate for use by the Border Patrol; equip such motor vehicles with portable computers with access to law enforcement databases; augment existing radio communication systems in areas in which the Border Patrol operates; and provide Border Patrol agents with global positioning system devices, night vision equipment, high-quality body armor, reliable and effective weapons, and uniforms, and wish to pass H.R.72

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

There are nearly 40 million first-generation immigrants living in our country today, including about 12 million people who are undocumented. Between 2000 and 2010, nearly 14 million immigrants entered the United States. In 2008, more than one million people were naturalized as U.S. citizens. About 60% of all illegal immigrants are from Mexico and about 20% are from Central America. Family reunification is the reason for most legal immigration to the US. The number of immigrants who became legal permanent residents in 2009 as a result of family reunification (66%) exceeded those who became legal residents on the basis of employment skills (13%) or for humanitarian reasons (17%). Opponents of illegal immigration believe immigration laws should be better enforced and some believe undocumented immigrants living here should be deported. Some say that even legal immigration should be sharply curtailed. Immigration supporters claim our economy needs every person who contributes to our society, as most immigrants do. They remind us that our nation was created by, and attained greatness through, the acceptance and contributions of immigrants. Last Congress, our Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that increases our border patrol budget, offers a protracted path to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented people currently living here, and provides eventual citizenship for immigrants who came to America as children. This bill was not considered by the House.

Pending Legislation:

House version of S.744 – Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

I oppose reforming current immigration policy and wish to defeat the House version of S.744

I support a path to citizenship for all undocumented people currently living in the United Sates, citizenship for immigrants who came to the United States as children, increases in our border patrol budget, and wish to pass the House version of S.744

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to better enforce all immigration laws including those relating to the deportation of undocumented immigrants

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

Each year, more than 30 million non-immigrants cross our borders. These travelers include students, tourists, workers and businesspeople. Many of these visitors overstay their visas and elude detection due to lax enforcement by our Customs and Immigration Service. Our government has mutual agreements with about 30 friendly nations that permit people to cross each other’s borders without visas or any prescreening. At least 25 million people enter our country this way each year. It his estimated that more than 800,000 people have remained in our country with expired visas. Immigration control proponents claim we need to track each person who enters our country and enforce the limits imposed by their visa.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.2631 — Visa Overstay Enforcement Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current visa entry policy and wish to defeat H.R.2631

I support making it a felony for any alien to be unlawfully present in the United States for a period of 30 consecutive days except because of illness or any other extenuating circumstance; requiring such an alien to be punished in the case of a first offense, with a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both; and in the case of a subsequent offense, with a fine of not more than $15,000 or by imprisonment for not more than five years, or both. Declares that an alien convicted of a first offense may not be admitted to the United States for 5 years and may not be granted a visa for 10 years; and with a subsequent offense may not be admitted to the United States, and may not be granted a visa, and wish to pass H.R.2631

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